January 30, 2008

Thanks eBay, I Think

eBay recently sent all of their sellers an email which included this:

1. Reduced Listing Fees
You asked, we listened. We're reducing Insertion Fees and adjusting Final Value Fees to lower your up-front cost to sell on eBay. You wanted free Gallery, now you've got it--plus more feature discounts.
* Lower Insertion Fees
* Making Gallery free
* Lower fees for Gallery Plus, Picture Pack, and Feature Plus


Which is great (listing fees for low priced starting items went from $.35 to $.20, or something like that, putting an important picture in went from $.25 to free. Great.

However, the Final Value Fee (which is the charge they take from whatever price the item sells for) went way up, 66% up from 5.25% yo 8.75%. So if I sell an item for $25 it would have cost me $1.31, now it's $2.18 ($.87 cents more). So...thanks for the price increase.

Punks. Trying to sell me on selling more stuff.

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